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Tuesday 16 November 2010

Presented by Robbie Ellis

7:02 - In memoriam Henryk Mikołai Górecki

GÓRECKI: Ad Matrem Op 29
Jadwiga Gadulanka (sop), Polish Chorus & SO of Kraków, Antoni Wit (cond)
Q Disc 97006

Anon. arr. SHORTIS: Polskie Kwiaty
The SMP Ensemble: Olga Gryniewicz, Carol Shortis, Laurence Hughes & Matthew Ellison (voices), Jonathan Berkahn (acc)
(SMP Ensemble - Podróże)

7:21 - New music from Waikanadajing

WHALLEY: Mittsu no Yugo
In Hamilton: Ian Whalley (Max/MSP patches, wind synth), Lara Hall (violin, looper), Hannah Gilmour (spectral beds, rhythm and effects), with Richard Nunns (short taonga pūoro samples)
In Canada: David Larsen (buffalo drum)
In Beijing: Bruce Gremo (shakuhachi)
(Ian Whalley private rec.)

7:33 - Resound

Kenneth Young introduces:

DAVID HAMILTON: Kaleidoscope (1987)
Concertante Ensemble: Stephen Popperwell & Gudrun Scharnke (obs), Alan Gold & Walter Hamer (cls), David Angus & Liam Gill (bsns), Edward Allen & Gregory Hill (hns)
Recorded by Radio New Zealand at a Music Federation concert in the Wellington Opera House, 1988

ROSS HARRIS: String Quartet No 3, Blood Red Roses (2004)
New Zealand String Quartet: Helene Pohl & Douglas Beilman (violins), Gillian Ansell (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello)
Recorded by Radio New Zealand at a New Zealand International Arts Festival concert in St Mary of the Angels Church, Wellington, 2006

(Programme 5 of 10 - more details at

8:02 - 2010 ISCM World New Music Days

Programme 2 of 11: Future of Music?
presented by Fenella Kernebone

CARL VINE: Flute Sonata (arranged for electric guitar, electric bass and drum kit)
GIEL VLEGGAAR: Aiming for Ecstasy
JOE MANTON: Shifting Weight Machine Like

The Electric Trio: Joe Manton (elec bass/dir), Pete Drummond (drums), Joseph Littlefield (elec gtr)

(Recorded by ABC Classic FM in the Campbelltown Arts Centre, Greater Sydney)

9:20 - In memoriam Henryk Mikołai Górecki

Rafał Kwiatkowski (cello), Strings of the Polish National Radio SO/Antoni Wit
Naxos 8.555763

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, pictured in 1994. Photo: AFP.GÓRECKI: Four Preludes for piano Op 1
Stephen de Pledge (pno)
Landor LAN 287

GÓRECKI: Concerto for harpsichord and strings Op 40
Catherine Perrin (hpschd), I Musici de Montréal/Yuli Turovsky
Chandos CHAN 9590

GÓRECKI: Wysla burzycka, bandzie desc (A storm is coming, there will be rain), from Five Kurpian Songs Op 75
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Paul Hillier
Harmonia Mundi HMU 80 7391

GÓRECKI: O Domina Nostra Op 55
Sarah Leonard (sop), Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (organ of Hofkirche, Lucerne)
ECM 1495

Polish composer Henryk Górecki died on Friday 12 November 2010 in a hospital in Katowice, Poland. Born in Czernica in the southern Polish region of Silesia, he made the area his home for essentially all his life, studying and teaching at the Academy of Music in Katowice.

His reputation as a composer was largely obscure until a 1992 release of his Symphony No 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, which he had written in 1975. That recording on Nonesuch Records has sold over 1 million copies, and on release it stayed at the top of the US classical charts for 38 weeks. That very recording will be played tomorrow at 2:00pm on Radio New Zealand Concert, as part of Afternoon Requests.

(Story from Radio New Zealand NewsRadio New Zealand Concert schedule for Wednesday 17 November 2010)

(Photo: AFP.)

10:19 - Icelandic Language Day

LEIFS: Hekla
Schola Cantorum Reykjavík, Iceland SO/En Shao
BIS CD 1030

LEIFS: Helga kviða Hundingsbana (The Lay of Helgi the Hunding-Slayer)
Guðrún Edda Gunnarsdóttir (alto), Finnur Bjarnason (ten), Iceland SO/Hermann Bäumer
BIS CD 1080

NORDAL: Ljósið sanna (The True Light)
Hljómeyki Chamber Choir/Bernharður Wilkinson
Smekkleysa SMK 28

Every year on 16 November, Iceland celebrates "Dagur íslenskrar tungu" (Day of the Icelandic Tongue). The date was chosen for the birthday of Jónas Hallgrímsson (1807-1845), one of Iceland's most celebrated writers.

10:50 - Happy birthday, Mr Hindemith

HINDEMITH: Overture to the Flying Dutchman as played at sight by a second-rate concert orchestra at the village well at 7 o'clock in the morning, for string quartet
Kocian Quartet: Pavel Hůla & Jan Odstrčil (vlns), Zbyněk Paďourek (vla), Václav Bernášek (cello)
Praga PR 250 094

German Composer Paul Hindemith was born in Hanau, near Frankfurt on 16 November 1895.

11:07 - New Music Dreams

GÓRECKI: String Quartet No 3 Op 67, Pieśni Śpiewają ("...songs are sung")
Kronos Quartet: David Harrington & John Sherba (vlns), Hank Dutt (vla), Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)
Nonesuch 7559 79993